This study explored the attitudes pre-service teachers held toward people with disabilities. The researcher conducted a survey methodology study via questionnaire of repeated measures design, using the respondents as their own controls.
The goal of this study was to find out if pre-service teachers’ attitudes toward people with disabilities were affected by descriptive labels such as “physical” disability or “mental” disability. In other words, did the type of disability affect the pre-service teachers’ attitudes toward that person?
Findings revealed that pre-service teachers had a more negative attitude toward people labeled with mental disabilities, and a more positive attitude toward people labeled with physical disabilities or toward people whose type of disability was not specified. In addition, findings revealed that Elementary Education pre-service teachers had a more positive attitude toward people with disabilities (regardless of the descriptive label) than did Secondary Education pre-service teachers.
|Advisor:||Goeres, Ernest R.|
|School:||West Virginia University|
|School Location:||United States -- West Virginia|
|Source:||DAI-A 69/02, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Special education, Teacher education|
|Keywords:||Attitudes, Attitudes toward disabilities, Disabilities, Disability, Labels, Pre-service teachers, Preservice teachers|
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